This Salad-Making Vending Machine Is Every Office Worker’s Dream Come True

Earlier today, I had a lunchtime crisis: My stomach was growling and I really wanted my go-to Sweetgreen salad for lunch, but I was in too much of a time crunch (I had a meeting starting just a few minutes after that first audible growl) to risk having to wait in the sometimes-epic Sweetgreen line. So, instead of getting what I wanted, I got what was quick and convenient: A box of fancy cheese and crackers from Talula’s Daily, right across the street from our offices. (I regret nothing, but I can honestly say there was nothing nourishing about that lunch.)

But Fast Company just alerted us to a new invention that could eliminate the wait for a gourmet lunch salad: A salad-making vending machine-like invention that allows you to order customizable salads from your office kitchen. Say it with us: Yaaaassssssss.

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7 Delicious Lunch Salads Around Philly That Won’t Leave You Hangry

Warm Shrimp Salad at Parc | Photo by Claudia Gavin

There are few things as upsetting as spending $11 on a movie ticket only to realize 15 minutes into said movie that you would rather be color-coordinating your closet — or doing anything else, really — than watching the garbage that’s playing out on screen (cough, The Beguiled, cough). In the category of experiences that are equally as misery-inducing: Spending $11 on a lunch salad only to feel your stomach growl 45 minutes after scarfing it down. We have all been there.

That said, salads are a super-convenient way to cram a boatload of nutrition into your face on busy days — and they can be really delicious and satisfying. No, really! Below, seven drool-worthy lunch salads around Philly — one for every day of the week — that we can guarantee won’t leave you hangry and disappointed. Read up, then eat up!

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Watch Out, Sweetgreen: Another Salad Chain Is Coming to Rittenhouse

Just Salad | Photo via Facebook

Just Salad | Photo via Facebook

Our friends over on BizPhilly just clued us in on the news that Knit Wit, the much-loved boutique at 1729 Chestnut Street, has lost its lease (don’t worry, they plan to open another location soon. And yes, there is a lost-our-lease sale happening). What’s replacing them, you ask? That would be Just Salad, a salad chain based in New York City.

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The Checkup: What You Should Be Topping Every Salad With (But Aren’t) 

• I’ve waxed poetic about the benefits of hemp seeds many a time, but they’re not the only seed worth throwing on your salads: flax seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds — all of which blend in with just about any mix of ingredients — all offer tons of benefits, like high fiber counts, zinc, magnesium and protein. So get to sprinklin’, people! [Prevention]

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Cheap Eats: Philly’s Most Serious Salads

Daily Salad from Malvern Buttery | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

A Daily Salad from Malvern Buttery | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

This week on Foobooz, we’re publishing our guide to Philly’s new world of cheap eats: upscale quick cuisine that’s as exciting as a meal at Vetri — at a fraction of the price. Today, we’re all about serious salads that can stand on their own as hearty, filling meals. Below, check out 21 of our favorites in the city and ‘burbs. Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see all our Cheap Eats goodness in one place.  Read more »

Honeygrow Prepares New Menu

Philly Roast Pork Stir-Fry | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Philly Roast Pork Stir-Fry | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Honeygrow is on the verge of rolling out a new menu at each of its stores. The rollout of the new menu will begin with the reopening of the original store at 110 South 16th Street. A date that hasn’t been set but is still a couple of weeks away. From there, culinary director David Katz will oversee the rollout the rest of the stores. The new menu will include new salads and stir-frys.

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My Top Five: Lunch Salads in Philadelphia

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Editor’s note: Welcome to our new series My Top Five where we get local foodies and fitness pros around Philly to dish on everything from their top five salads to their top five running trails around town. Read up, then jot some of their favorites down on your Philly bucket list so you don’t forget about ’em!

There really is nothing more perfect for lunch than a salad. They’re light, healthy, portable, customizable, and you can find one on just about any menu. Us Philadelphians are lucky though, because Philly is home to some spots to not just grab a decent lunch salad, but an amazing lunch salad.

To wit: We got Emily Watson, the mind behind local healthy-eating blog Nourishing Matters, to dish on her top five favorite lunch salads around town and they all sound truly delicious. So next time you have a free half-hour at work, grab a co-worker and test out one of these healthy picks.  Read more »

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